David Shiffman, The Revelator

David Shiffman

The Revelator

Washington, DC, United States

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Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • The Revelator
  • Scuba Diving Mag
  • Adventure Journal
  • American Scientist
  • Sport Diver Magazine
  • SouthernFriedScience
  • Star Trek
  • Scientific American
  • Washington Post
  • ScienceAlert
  • and more…

Past articles by David:

How Did the Pandemic Affect Ocean Conservation?

Clickbait stories of animals returning to quiet habitats paint an overly rosy picture of COVID-19’s impact on the marine environment. → Read More

How Technology Is Making Shark News More Ridiculous

No, sharks aren’t coming into shallow water any more than usual—but now everyone at the beach has a camera. → Read More

Walking Sharks: What a New Scientific Discovery Means—and What It Doesn’t Mean

Walking sharks are millions of years old, there's no reason to panic about the "new" ones recently discovered. → Read More

White House Eliminates Protections for Vast Ocean Monument—Experts React

Removing protections in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will hurt a crucial ecosystem and isn't likely to help struggling fishing communities. → Read More

Trump Administration Eliminates Protections for Vast Ocean Monument — Experts React

Here’s why the action is so harmful, how it’s possibly illegal, and why it won’t help struggling fishing communities. → Read More

#SharksNearMe Documents Sharks in Popular Culture

Since 2016, the hashtag #SharksNearMe has been used to document the golden age of sharks in pop culture. → Read More

COVID-19, Campus Closures, and the Rise of the #VirtualDefense

For graduate students, a thesis defense, which consists of the student presenting their research to the broader university community in a classroom, is many things. It’s the end of a long, sometimes stressful educational journey, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel of graduate school. It’s a chance to show their friends and family what they’ve been working on so hard for so long, and… → Read More

Are The Ocean’s Fastest Animals Faster Than a Speeding Bullet?

In this edition of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman tackles a question from two young brothers. → Read More

Even More Amazing Shark Facts You Haven’t Heard a Million Times

Sharks giving birth and what do tiger sharks eat? All this and more — shark facts explained by science expert, David Shiffman. → Read More

Are Lionfish Really That Harmful to the Marine Environment?

In this edition of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a question about invasive species. → Read More

How Far Can Sharks Smell Blood?

In this installment of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a common question about shark biology and behavior. → Read More

Science and Conservation Media Literacy 101

Author’s note: This blog post is part of a multi-week assignment for students taking my introduction to marine biology course at Arizona State University, and also part of an exercise in my p… → Read More

What Happens to Ocean Animals During a Tsunami?

In this edition of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a question from a reader. → Read More

How to Read the Shark Attack File Report Like a Marine Biologist

A marine biologist discusses everything you can learn from the recent release of the annual, International Shark Attack File report and how to spot misleading information. → Read More

Who is the Wallenberg Behind Picard’s Wallenberg Class Ships?

Star Trek: Picard honors a hero of the Jewish community. → Read More

Is Any Seafood Ethical to Eat?

Food ethics are increasingly complex and deeply personal, but scientifically backed sustainable seafood exists → Read More

How Can You Tell How Old a Shark Is?

In this installment of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a question from an 11-year-old shark fan. → Read More

I Had a Star Trek Themed Bar Mitzvah

The party favors said “Thanks for beaming aboard the Starship David.” Jealous? → Read More

10 sharks that mattered in the 2010’s

Just when you thought it was safe to read another decade-in-review listicle… You can buy this on a tshirt As the 2010’s come to an end, it’s a time to reflect on the often-problem… → Read More

Scientists Should Stop Naming Species after Awful People

And they ought to consider revoking names that never should have been honored in the first place → Read More